Ser­ena still reigns as ten­nis num­ber one

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PARIS — Ser­ena Wil­liams (pic­tured) held onto the num­ber one spot in the WTA world rank­ings yes­ter­day, after An­gelique Ker­ber slipped to de­feat against Karolina Pliskova in the fi­nal of the Cincin­nati hard­court tour­na­ment.

Ger­many’s Ker­ber would have ended 22-time ma­jor cham­pion Wil­liams’ run of 184 con­sec­u­tive weeks as world num­ber one if she had claimed the ti­tle.

But the reign­ing Aus­tralian Open cham­pion was beaten 6-3, 6-1 by Czech Pliskova, who moves up from 17th to 11th.

Amer­i­can Wil­liams, who with­drew from her Cincin­nati ti­tle de­fence with an in­jury, is now just three weeks away from breaking St­effi Graf ’s record for the long­est stint at the top of the rank­ings.

The only change in the top 10 sees Ag­nieszka Rad­wan­ska re­take fourth spot from Si­mona Halep, who was beaten by Ker­ber in the semi-fi­nals.

Gareth Bale cel­e­brates with his Real Madrid team-mates after he scored his side’s first goal against Real So­ciedad on Sun­day

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